Swimming at an early age has a lot of positive aspects and has a beneficial effect on the child’s body. Aquatic exercises have a strengthening effect on infants – the muscles of the back, tummy, neck, arms and legs are strengthened. In addition, baby swimming stimulates blood circulation, develops the heart muscle, and also tones the baby’s skin.
It is also important that infant swimming helps to get rid of hypertonicity and hypotension, anemia and rickets. Those crumbs who regularly perform aquatic exercises are less likely to suffer from respiratory diseases.
Aquatic exercises also relieve stress and promote deeper sleep and better appetite.
Swimming training at an early age will be an excellent prophylactic against colds, scoliosis, stoop, posture disorders, muscular dystonia. Aquatic exercises will bring pleasure and joy to the child. Aquatic exercises improve not only health but also help develop the child’s personal qualities – discipline, self-control, courage, determination, independence.
Aquatic exercises improve the functioning of almost all organs and systems of the child’s body.
Water pressure on the chest area increases the depth of exhalation, which is usually followed by a deep breath. And deep breathing is a powerful prophylactic agent that prevents diseases of the upper respiratory tract. Deep breaths and exhalations during swimming “ventilate” the lungs, thereby expelling bacteria and eliminating favorable conditions for their activation. In addition, by emerging and snorting from the water, the child cleans the nasopharynx, which allows you to effectively fight a runny nose and some lung diseases.
The horizontal position while aquatic exercises is a kind of weightlessness, which activates blood flow, developing and strengthening the cardiovascular system. Water pressure acts on the numerous blood vessels of the skin and facilitates blood circulation and heart activity.
Aquatic exercises remove static loads on skeletal muscles and reduce the load on the spine. The effect of “Hydroelectricity”, which occurs in water, frees the cartilaginous intervertebral discs from constant compression by their vertebrae. In a relaxed state, metabolism occurs better in the discs. It is useful for the development of the body, contributes to the formation of correct posture and prevents scoliosis and muscular dystonia. The body overcomes significant water resistance, thereby strengthening the musculoskeletal system. At the same time, the active movement of the feet in the water strengthens the feet and prevents the development of flat feet.
During Aquatic exercises, the skin and muscles are massaged, the sweat glands are cleansed, which helps to activate skin respiration and abundant blood flow to peripheral organs.
Aquatic exercises help to harden the body, the resistance to unfavorable environmental factors increases, the baby becomes less susceptible to colds. It is known that the heat capacity of water is almost 28 times higher than the heat capacity of air; the human body loses 30 times more heat in water than in air. For this reason, aquatic exercises are a very strong hardening agent.
Central nervous system
Regular swimming strengthens the nervous system, regulates sleep, improves appetite and the general tone of the child’s body, stimulates the blood circulation of the brain, and therefore, promotes the child’s rapid development.
Aquatic exercises can act as a stress management tool. Aquatic exercises make you breathe properly and supply your muscles with plenty of oxygen. Water massages muscles and relieves stress.
Psychologists have found that a child who performs aquatic exercises overcomes the resistance of the water column, develops such personality traits as purposefulness, perseverance, self-control, decisiveness, courage, discipline, and the ability to show independence. Aquatic exercises make children more self-confident and sociable.